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French Gov t Hires Genome Express to Verify Food Content and Origin

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (GenomeWeb News) - Genome Express, a DNA-analysis firm based in Grenoble, France, has signed a sales agreement with the French government to verify the content and origin of certain food products.


The agreement partners Genome Express with the Centre Technique de la Conservation des Produits Agricoles, which is overseen by the French ministries for Agriculture and Economy and Finance.


Genome Express will use its patented Gextrack DNA analysis services to authenticate products, and detect genetically modified organisms and allergenic ingredients for the CTCPA and its clients, the company said.


Franck Robert, who heads Gextrack activities at Genome Express, said the agreement was the firm's "first large-scale commercial partnership."


The CTCPA said it was obligated to provide such a service to French food producers following the implementation of EU regulations on food labeling. It added that it benefited its clients to contract the job to specialists, rather than providing the service on their own.

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